Locked Down? SWOT yourself!

April 2020, 40+ days of lockdown now here in France. Nobody knows how to get out the crisis, how long it will take until new normal and what this will look like. Chances are that many employees will lose their jobs. Many companies will go bankrupt and many will try to avoid going bankrupt by reducing headcounts. Companies will be acquired, merged, downsized or relocated. Nobody is safe.

Therefore, even when working from home during this lockdown, some time should be saved for a prospective evaluation.

This is SWOT yourself replay, thanks to COVID-19

Did you already SWOT yourself? is the title of my July 28th, 2017 blog post in which I suggested to use the SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) analysis to get clarity about one’s Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats, before a job interview or when facing an important decision.

At that time it was thought in a more optimistic perspective, when someone gets a job offer or is looking actively to boost his/her career with another company.

This time it’s less optimistic and the perspective is to find a job for the loss of the former one. And many of the locked down workforce could be in that case anytime soon.

Good news though is that SWOTing oneself works just the same, regardless of one’s situation.

Be prepared to whatever may happen

What lays ahead is impossible to tell. Maybe greater good will come out of the chaos, and that’s what we all hope for, but the best isn’t always certain, is it? Therefore it is wise to be prepared to whatever may happen and my suggestion is to give a try to SWOT oneself, get clarity about one’s Strengths and Weaknesses.

As a reminder, Strengths and Weaknesses are very self-centered. It’s all about individual traits and how they compare to others. Of course, Strengths and Weaknesses are relative to the circumstances and the self-assessment should be done with a specific “use case” in mind, or in our case, with the uncertainties that lay ahead.

You may like to read my article Did you already SWOT yourself? and give it a try.

Note: if already done, consider redoing it, because competences change, new skills can be acquired, some can obsolesce, etc.

About the author, Chris HOHMANN

About the author, Chris HOHMANN

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